William Hazlitt and Art in Britain – Saturday Study Day
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, King’s Cross, London
Saturday 23 November 2019
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2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration from 1:30 pm
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, King’s Cross, London, WC1X 9EW
- Dr Uttara Natarajan - Goldsmiths, University of London
- Dr Anne Puetz - The Courtauld Institute of Art
Our Saturday Study Events offer an intense engagement with works of art in their cultural contexts. They are led by one, two or more expert speakers and happen once a term.
The next Saturday Study Event will take place on 23 November 2019, 14:00 – 17:00, with registration from 13.30 and a coffee break at 15:15
Venue: The Courtauld, Vernon Square Campus, Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW
William Hazlitt and Art in Britain
In his relatively short life, William Hazlitt (1778-1830) contributed abundantly to British culture. There are many fascinating sides to his creative persona, ranging from the radical (and persecuted) political journalist to the brilliant, and witty, essayist, the philosopher and the most original and important critic of the Regency art world, encompassing literature, the stage, and the visual arts. We are here predominantly interested in Hazlitt’s art criticism, which was not only the most original and serious approach to the emerging ‘British school’ to date, and commented in startlingly unorthodox ways on such giants of British art as William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds, but also pioneered the first deeply considered response to works of classical antiquity, including the so-called Elgin marbles, and of European old masters, in British collections. It is impossible to imagine the vibrant British art world that developed so rapidly in the latter part of the eighteenth and the early decades of the nineteenth century without Hazlitt’s contribution as a thinker and writer on art. It is equally impossible to separate his thoughts on art from his wider philosophy, and Uttara Natarajan will outline this complex, but fascinating context before focusing on Hazlitt’s art criticism in more detail. To set the scene, her sessions will be preceded by Anne Puetz’ sketch of the institutions and main players of the British art world in the Regency period.
Our speakers: Dr Uttara Natarajan (Reader in English Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London) and Dr Anne Puetz (Head of Short Courses, The Courtauld)
Spaces are limited and advance booking is necessary.